Major Matina Jewell

(Retired) CSP

Life-changing perspective from the front line of leadership, resilience and change.

Finalist 2018

Major Matina Jewell

(Retired) CSP

Life-changing perspective from the front line of leadership, resilience and change.


Major Matina Jewell (Retired) CSP is an inspirational trailblazer, helping leaders build resilient teams to thrive through change.

Named in the ‘AFR 100 Women of Influence 2018’, Matina is also a Telstra Business Awards Finalist and was named a CPA Australia ‘Top-10 Smart Thinker’.

Among her honorary roles, Matina is a founding ambassador for Project Thankful, a movement partnered with the United Nations to help empower women and children globally.

A bark portrait painting of Matina was entered for the 2019 Archibald Prize, and her incredible life story has been optioned for a global feature film.

Military Trailblazer & Peacekeeper

Major Matina Jewell (Retired) CSP grew up in the hinterland of Byron Bay and joined the Army at age 17.  During her 15-year military career, Matina:

  • Served on five missions and earned eight war medals
  • Became the only Australian to receive two Republic of Lebanon war medals for acts of bravery on the battlefield and wounded in combat
  • Was appointed Officer in Command of the Army Department and Diving Officer for HMAS Kanimbla, then Australia’s largest Navy ship, at only 23 years old
  • Was the first woman in the Australian Army to complete the physically demanding "Navy Ship's Diver" course
  • Worked with the elite SAS and American Navy SEALS
  • Tracked down militia leaders in the Solomon Islands
  • Fast-roped from helicopters
  • Boarded smuggler ships in the Arabian Gulf
  • Trained in three languages (Bahasa Indonesian, Arabic and English)
  • Gained her Masters in Project Management
  • Served as a Peacekeeper with the United Nations in Syria and Lebanon

Advisor & Ambassador

Since being medically retired, Matina has campaigned for change for veterans and others in need through numerous honorary, ambassador and advisory roles, including:

  • Prime Ministerial Advisory Council
  • National Mental Health Forum
  • ANZAC Centenary Commission, alongside former Prime Ministers Bob Hawke and Malcolm Fraser
  • National Suicide Prevention Commission
  • Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project as Ambassador
  • Project Thankful as Ambassador

Change Champion

  • 2019 – Archibald Prize Bark Portrait Entrant
  • 2018 – AFR 100 Women of Influence
  • 2017 – Awarded Certified Speaking Professional (International)
  • 2016 – Telstra Women's Business Awards Finalist
  • 2015 – A CPA Australia 'Top-10 Smart Thinker'
  • Her story featured in a high rating, two-part ABC Australian Story and was syndicated globally with FOXTEL's I Survived
  • Her memoir, Caught in the Crossfire (Allen & Unwin) a best-seller
  • Her incredible life story has been optioned for a global feature film

Matina is a proud mum to busy young girls with husband Clent Jewell, and lives on the Far North Coast of NSW.

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Australian War Memorial

Matina's In-Their-Words contribution, now part of a permanent exhibition at the Australian War Memorial  (4.24s)

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ABC Australian Story Documentary

The Blue Beret – Parts I & II

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Foxtel Documentary

Foxtel ‘I Survived’ Documentary


Matina is honoured to be a Brand Ambassador for TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES (TFS) who have supported millions of Australians in financing and protecting their vehicles.

Matina and TFS are aligned in their passion and duty for serving the communities they work and live in.

As a UN Peacekeeper in the Middle East, Matina patrolled ‘The Blue Line’ for many months in her TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO.

And Matina is just as appreciative of the safety and comfort of TOYOTA LANDCRUISER PRADO doing the school drop-off and pick-ups today.

With aligned values of respect, passion, quality, innovation, and collaboration, Matina Jewell is proud to be associated with the HOGO BOSS brand.

With sustainability and success inextricably linked, HUGO BOSS has long been Matina’s first choice as the most accessible, fashionable and innovative wardrobe. “HUGO BOSS offers high quality and comfort every time – whether I’m heading to a keynote speech from a long haul flight, or to a coffee meeting from school pick up”.

Quality, innovation, and responsibility form the foundation of HUGO BOSS sustainability strategy, and focus efforts on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.


AFR 100 Women of Influence Awards
Finalist 2018

AFR 100 Women of Influence Awards Finalist 2018

The Australian Financial Review (AFR) 100 Women of Influence Awards identifies Australian women championing change in business and society, and those who have dedicated their time and energy to help and encourage other women fighting for change every day.

Professional Speakers Australia
Certified Speaking Professional 2017

Professional Speakers Australia Certified Speaking Professional 2017

Matina was awarded Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) accreditation by the Professional Speakers Association Australia in 2017, being recognised internationally as a professional speaker of the highest standard.

Telstra Business Women’s Awards
Finalist 2016

Telstra Business Women’s Awards Finalist 2016

The Telstra Business Women’s Awards recognises outstanding women and celebrates those doing business differently, redefining the conversation on female leadership at all levels of business.
Honorary roles

Project Thankful

Project Thankful Founding Ambassador

Matina is a founding ambassador for Project Thankful, a movement to encourage all of us to reflect on how the everyday can be extraordinary. Thankful® is partnered with the United Nations for the empowerment and cessation of violence against women and children, globally.

Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project Ambassador

Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project Ambassador

The Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project was established to raise funds to construct the memorial honouring the service, courage and sacrifice of Australian peacekeepers in the service of international peace and security. The memorial opened in Canberra on 14th September 2017, the 70th anniversary of Australia’s involvement in UN Peacekeeping Missions.

ANZAC Centenary

ANZAC Spirit - ANZAC Centenary Commissioner

Matina provided advice to the Prime Minister and Government as one of the six-member ANZAC Centenary Commission, which included former Prime Ministers Bob Hawke and the late Malcolm Fraser, on how to best commemorate arguably one of the most important milestones in our young Nation's history - The ANZAC Centenary from 2014 to 2018.
Recent Activity

My motto is “lead, even when it’s not your job” & I want to encourage you & your team members to do just this. To have that confidence to step up. To back yourself & embrace opportunities to lead when they come your way
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Today marks 14th anniversary of the bombing of United Nations Patrol Base Khiam in southern Lebanon & tragic loss of my fallen teammates Wolf, Du, Big Mack & Hans Peter. May they rest in peace knowing that their service & sacrifice during 2006 Lebanon War will never be forgotten

New series #calmingconversations now live Watch Series 4 Ep #1 via the link below In this instalment, Allan Parker OAM & I discuss how to honour subsystems whilst still respecting the macro system, brand identity & purpose
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In a world where we can be anything; above all be kind.

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If you’re anything like me, you could probably do with a laugh today. I had never seen this footage of my daughters when they were very young & it says a lot about their personalities now! I’ve found during times of #crisis that #humour is powerful for cutting through tension.

Have a weekend full of wonder!
love Matti x

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I truly love the opportunity to work again with repeat clients Today I was thrilled to speak @bakersdelight virtual Gillespie Awards sharing my experiences on #suddenleadership & #decisionmaking in times of crisis
#matinajewell #virtualkeynote @HUGOBOSS @kailisjewellery

The final instalment of Calming Conversations Series III is now live In episode 4 Allan Parker & I discuss my three key tips for leaders making decisions under pressure in times of uncertainty Link:
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Perspective is powerful.
What lens did you choose today and what perspective might you take for tomorrow and the future? Because from my experiences if we can change our perspective we can actually change our lives.
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I admire people who are really clear on their purpose.

I know that when I am living purposefully, I feel more meaning in everything I do.

And when I take action around my purpose, I feel fulfilled.

I call this ‘dutiful’; the duty we have to ourselves to live life on purpose.

purposeful  + meaningful + actionable = fulfilment

It feels beautiful to live dutiful.